Book Review: Driver Confessional by David L. Winters

May 27, 2017 Christian, contemporary, David L. Winters, mystery/suspense 11

about the book

Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.

He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small.

Antonio’s faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions.

Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle.

Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.

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SERIES: Driver series #1
GENRE: Inspirational Thriller
PUBLISHER: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2017
PAGES: 208

Winters pin2Driver Confessional begins with a very compelling premise. A “buber” driver in D.C. whose fare one night propels him into more than he bargained for. Said driver – Antonio – is a family man, and the scenes with his close-knit family will warm your heart! Of course, when the ‘more than he bargained for’ intersects with the close knit family, the danger factor skyrockets. Complete with cool car chase and all the ingredients for a great thriller!

One reviewer on Goodreads said, “This is the epitome of a guy’s book…” And I completely agree. I think guys will love this book! As there isn’t much Christian fiction geared toward men, this is a very good thing.  For me (not a guy), this novel didn’t get inside the characters’ heads enough. I wanted to know more motivations, emotions, etc. (I can see all the guys reading this review my husband cringing at that statement lol!) As a result, to me the writing felt somewhat detached and even lacked cohesion in parts. The terms “Antonio” and “the driver” are often used interchangeably – in the same scene – which could be a case of intentional head jumping (switching perspectives between characters without warning) or just the need for a tighter edit.

Bottom Line: Driver Confessional introduces us to an intriguing concept and a likable hero. The setting is spot-on, and readers familiar with Washington D.C. will feel right at home. Guys will enjoy this book, though women may find it difficult to connect with the story. The plot is relevant and modern, and ride-share drivers will probably never view a left-behind item in quite the same way 🙂

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3.5 stars / Good thriller!

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about the author

David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, “Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace,” won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.

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What about you? Have you ever had a ‘more than you bargained for’ Uber and/or taxi ride?


11 Responses to “Book Review: Driver Confessional by David L. Winters”

  1. Paula S.

    I have not used a taxi or uber (ever) in many years. This books looks soooo good!

  2. Beckie B.

    Great review Carrie! As soon as I finish True to You, I’ll begin this one. Looks like I’ll need to change gears! ?

    • Carrie

      i used a taxi once upon a long time ago and it was thankfully uneventful 😀

  3. Deana Dick

    Liked your review. I agree that the characters were hard to get behind because they were not quite developed. I will be anxious to see his next book . I wondered also why the author wrote Antonio and then the Buber driver . At least I gave a new author to read .

    • Carrie

      i have once – very long ago – it was blessedly uneventful lol

  4. David L. Winters

    Carrie, Thanks for the review. Ubers are cheaper than cabs and usually as good if not better cars. Hope you enjoy one on your next trip. Easy to download the app and jump in.
    Best regards,
    David L.

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